Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

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Kek Lok Si Temple

Temple of Kek Lok Si or Temple of Supreme Bliss is considered by some sources to be the largest and most beautiful Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. This, of course, is not entirely true, since the largest temple is Borobudur in Indonesia. Whatever it was, but it is definitely the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and is a place of pilgrimage for believers from countries throughout Southeast Asia.

The temple was opened in 1905, and in general was built for 40 years from 1890 to 1930. As a result of the long construction, the architecture combined Chinese, Thai, Burmese elements and architectural techniques, but still by and large it is considered Chinese. The highlight of the temple is the seven-level Rama VI Pagoda, inside which there are 10,000 statues of Buddha!!!, and a 36-meter statue of the goddess of mercy.

The temple is very beautiful and interesting because of its diverse architecture and mixing of styles, you can inspect it for hours, it is so huge. In order to climb to the very top to the statue of the goddess of mercy, it is even offered to use the elevator for a small fee, although you can overcome the climb on foot. The top offers panoramic views of Georgetown and the island. The temple itself is located on a hill, and you will also have to climb the stairs through endless rows of merchants selling everything from religious amulets to tourist souvenirs in the form of magnets and nesting dolls. Be sure to visit this temple during your visit to Penang, as it is a calling card among all the attractions of the island, and definitely worth a visit.

🕐  Working hours: the temple is open to the public seven days a week until 18 hours.

💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entrance to the temple is free, access to the pagoda - 2 ringgit, lift in One Direction-3 ringgit, in two directions-6 ringgit.

🚶   How to get there: The Temple is located in the small town of Air Itam in the center of the island and quite far from the center of Georgetown (Kek Lok Si Temple on the map). You can get there by bus number 201, 203, 204, 502 from Weld Quay or Komtar.

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